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Barton Cottage Shrug

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

A long time in the making, my Barton Cottage Shrug has been finished since just before our cruise and yet I haven’t found time to show it to you! I have this thing about sweater sized garments – I’m always afraid I’ll put all the work into knitting them, only to not be happy with the end result. My initial reaction to this one is “I love it”. I can hear you asking, “my initial reaction?”. Well. It looks awesome on my dress form, but on me I think it looks too small.

I’m contemplating sweater surgery to add 2-3 inches in length, though I haven’t wrapped my head around how to add that same length to the ribbon casing. I suppose I could also block the heck out of it as the first blocking I was careful not to stretch out the fabric. (Yeah, I’m going to try this. Throwing it in the sink now.)

Barton Cottage Shrug

Barton Cottage Shrug

Barton Cottage Shrug

Barton Cottage Shrug

Pattern: Barton Cottage Shrug by Kristi Schueler
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow in colorway Spring Green Heather.
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Notes: I knit the 34.75 inch size after reading comments that the sizing stated in the magazine ran large compared to how Kristi designed it to fit. Normally I would go with a size closer to 38 inches. I don’t think this was necessarily the wrong size for me to knit – the jury is still out until I try re-blocking it.

One of the things I always wonder about sweaters knit in lace weight yarn is ‘how much yarn do the really take?’ as the patterns always seem to use huge hanks of yarn and they don’t really tell you how much yarn was ACTUALLY used. My first skein of yarn (440 yards) made it from the cast on at the neck, all the way through 5.5 inches below the armpits. A second skein finished the whole sweater. I used 836 yards, 95 grams. Now if I add 3 inches I’ll probably be closer to 1000 yards.

Orbspinner Stole

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Anne Podlesak has a new pattern release for the new year – Orbspinner Stole, based on her Orbspinner Scarf pattern. It is knit in laceweight and can be worn as a stole or folded up and worn more like a scarf. Very versatile!

Orbspinner Stole

Orbspinner Stole

Orbspinner Stole

Orbspinner Stole

Orbspinner Stole

Pattern: Orbspinner Stole by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Arianrhod Lace in colorway Winterfell.
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes: The yarn that Anne sent me to knit this in is her Arianrhod Lace. It is stunning – with a hint of sparkle that is impossible for me to capture in the photos. Like all stoles, the center panel pattern repeat can get repetitive, but I find if you get in a rhythm the repeats go by fairly quickly.

I used 1020 yards, 116.5 grams for a finished size of 21 inches by 70 inches.

Orbspinner Stole

2012 Recap

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Happy New Year! What a change from last year when my post said that the weather was sunny and a high of 50 degrees. This year we have crunchy, crusty snow on the ground and freezing temps. I’m really glad New Year’s eve is over. The horses are never thrilled with fireworks and with frozen ground I was worried about them getting hurt if they ran around.

This year I knit less total projects, but a higher amount of yardage (not by much though). To think, I still have 6 projects I haven’t even shown you on the blog yet – my Barton Cottage Shrug, Orbspinner Stole, a test knit scarf that cannot be revealed for another month, and my Mom’s Christmas gifts.

2012 Projects

14 total projects:
– 6 pairs of socks (nearly 7)
– 2 pair of fingerless mitts/wristwarmers
– 1 scarf (test knit to be revealed later)
– 2 shawlettes
– 2 shawls
– 1 cardigan

for a total of 6,648 yards.

Let’s get one project that I haven’t shown you off the list right now. Noro Mitts, much like the ones I have made in the past.

Noro Mitts

Noro Mitts

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Friday, December 7th, 2012

It seems like forever ago that I knit these socks and now I can share them with you. These are the Two-Horse Hitch Socks from Anne Podlesak’s new pattern collection Fall in Vermont. I love the classic, geometric lines of these.

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Pattern: Two-Horse Hitch Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Rhiannon in colorway Bittersweet.
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Notes: The unisex pattern includes 2 sizes so they can easily be made for a man or woman. My test knit socks were knit using the larger circumference sock numbers to fit a woman’s wide foot, size 7.5. I used 353 yards.

Two-Horse Hitch Socks

Lady Bathory Shawl

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Lady Bathory is Anne Podlesak’s newest pattern release. Her inspiration for this shawl was the Countess Elizabeth Bathory who is tied to the vampire legends of Transylvania.

Lady Bathory Shawl

Lady Bathory Shawl

Lady Bathory Shawl

Lady Bathory Shawl

Lady Bathory Shawl

Pattern: Lady Bathory Shawl by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Nimue Sock in colorway Around Midnight.
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Notes: Using Anne’s Nimue Sock Yarn the finished shawl has lovely drape and is the perfect fall accessory when there is a little chill in the air.

With a picot edge and beads, this is not the easiest shawl to knit, but if you love the pattern and are not up for those challenges you could certainly opt not to use beads or even to knit it without the picot edge. Though I will say the picot edge is a nice finishing touch.

I also think it would be a wonderfully, warm scarf/shawl for cooler weather if you were to knit it in a worsted weight yarn with nice drape. I had to re-knit one chart repeat to check some numbers and I did it at this weight.

Lady Bathory Shawl

Coming Soon – Actual Knitting Content

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Here’s a sneak peak. One of these is already pinned out on the blocking board.

A new pattern that was just released:

Knitting Preview

My Barton Cottage Shrug:

Knitting Preview

WIP Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Oops! I did have a WIP update for today and here the day is almost over. It’s the Barton Cottage Shrug again:

Barton Cottage Shrug, Edging

Barton Cottage Shrug, Edging

The edging along the bottom of the shrug is done. The first sleeve/edging will be finished tonight. That leaves the other sleeve/edging and then the casing to gather the neckline. Woohoo! I love this edging too. Is it a bit fiddly to work? Yes, but the way it joins to the body creates such a nice definition.

Molly Brown Socks

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I had the pleasure of test knitting a new pattern release by Anne Podlesak. These are her Molly Brown socks, inspired by the ironwork designs found in the Titanic’s grand staircase. The pattern was really fun to knit as it really keeps your interest with all the twisted stitches and cable crossings. I also got to use Anne’s luxurious Aerten Sock yarn. It’ll be hard to go back to a work horse sock yarn after the feel of Aerten with 10% cashmere content.

Molly Brown Socks

Molly Brown Socks

Molly Brown Socks

Pattern: Molly Brown Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Aerten Sock in colorway pewter.
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) circulars
Notes: The cable crossings are quick to execute if you learn how to cable without a cable needle. Don’t know how? Check out Kristi Schueler’s fantastic tutorial on how to do both right and left cable crossings without a cable needle.

I tend to knit socks at super tight gauge, hence the reason I went up a needle size to get gauge in this pattern. Sock is very stretchy around.

Molly Brown Socks

WIP Wednesday, May 22, 2012

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Over a month since my last WIP post…I’ve been busy with the horses and studying for microbiology, not with test knitting this time. Microbiology ends in a couple of weeks, then I have a new test knit to start, a garden that needs to be planted, and horse training to continue. I’m really looking forward to the shift from studying to knitting/gardening/horses.

Anyway, here’s the Barton Cottage Shrug:

Barton Cottage Shrug

Barton Cottage Shrug

I did rip almost the whole thing out so I could go down a size. Sleeves are now on holders and I have entered the land of plain knitting for the next 11 inches. On my dress form it is restricted by the length of the needle and the length of the yarn holding the sleeve stitches. It does look like it will be plenty big enough – if anything I’ll probably have to be careful not to stretch it out when blocking.

Jane Austen Knits: Hessian Boot Socks

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The second issue of Jane Austen Knits is now available for pre-order and download, and is showing up in stores. Judging from what I’ve seen so far, I think this issue surpasses the first issue (which I loved).

My friend Anne has a pattern in this issue and I asked her if I could test knit the small size. Of course, she said yes so now that the pattern is public I can reveal my version of her Hessian Boot Socks!

Hessian Boot Socks

Hessian Boot Socks

Hessian Boot Socks

Pattern: Hessian Boot Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Opal Uni-solid 4-ply in beige and dark brown.
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) circulars
Notes: I was so curious to try the technique Anne uses in this sock of carrying a second color of yarn down the side of the sock that I just had to knit these. It was easy to do – all you need to do is take a little care with your tension on these stitches. For me it was better to keep the stitches a little tighter than I thought they needed to be, to keep them smoothly in line with my row gauge on the main color. I tend to knit tightly though so it could be that in my concern of knitting them too snugly I was erring a bit to loose.

If you want to knit these for a woman, the small size is a good match for women’s shoe size 8-10 US. If you want to knit them for a smaller size it would be easy to adjust the stitch count down.

Hessian Boot Socks